Harvesting Wild Greens
One of my all time favorite things is to be able to go out into my yard and harvest food for our family meals. With our garden, there is generally something to harvest from May through October. But if I add wild greens and flowers to the mix, I can extend that harvest period by several months.
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It’s early and there isn’t a lot of variety yet, but there is more than enough to fill our salad bowl. The wild greens salad in my photo includes dandelion leaves and flowers, violet leaves and flowers, field garlic, and hosta shoots. Yes, hosta shoots are edible and taste a lot like asparagus.
I often make salads that are all weeds from my yard, but I also add the greens and flowers to my garden or store-bought greens. It’s all good.
What Wild Greens Are Growing in Your Yard?
As the season progresses, I’ll add garlic mustard, purslane, lambs quarter, wood sorrel, creeping charlie, and clover to my salad. To many, these are weeds. To me, they are nutrient-dense additions to our diet and these wild greens save us money in the process. Win-win.
Top your wild greens salad with your favorite dressing, or try my Pine Needle Salad Dressing. It’s yummy, I promise.
What weeds have you added to your diet? What flowers have you eaten?
More Than Weeds
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